This weekend is ripe with things to do in the Bay Area. Head to Sebastopol for an annual apple festival, spend the night at the zoo or forage through the woods for good things to eat. It’s all happening. Where will you be?

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San Francisco

Mark this Muppet Anniversary
SF Sketchfest is hosting a family friendly matinee of “The Great Muppet Caper” with special guest Dave Goelz, the man behind Gonzo the Great, Zoot, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Boober Fraggle.. In this movie those beloved Muppets travel to England in their second big-screen musical adventure. Newspaper reporters Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo work to foil a jewel heist while romance brews between Kermit and Miss Piggy, who just may be implicated in the crime herself. Bring the whole family to celebrate 35 years of this beloved classic, with a special introduction by legendary Muppet performer Goelz. Sat. Event details.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Shhh, ForageSF walks for beginner or veteran foragers are held in secret locations in San Francisco parks, which are emailed to participants a week prior to each class. These two hour adventures are led by Kevin Feinstein, author of “The Bay Area Forager” and “Crash Course in Wild Mushroom Foraging,” who has been teaching the wild food walks for for more than five years. Participants will learn about the most commonly found wild foods, edible flowers and medicinal plants around the Bay Area. Sun. Event details.

East Bay

Concerts in this Cove Rule
Once a month on Fridays this summer, families can crawl over to Crab Cover Visitors Center for free music and family fun as the sun set over the San Francisco Bay. The visitor center will stay open late, hosting activities on the deck starting at 4:30 p.m. Bring a blank, lawn chair and picnic dinner. Food will also be available for purchase at the cove. Parking is available on Webster St. or Crown Beach lot at Otis. Fri. Event details.

Pack for this Sundown Safari
Is your family ready for a WILD campout? Grab your camping gear, your family, a few friends, and get ready for an overnight adventure at Oakland Zoo. Family Sundown Safari is a unique overnight program for the whole family. This program includes dinner, a nighttime and morning guided tour of the Zoo, a special behind the scenes, live animal presentations, interactive and educational activities, a Wildlife Theater entertainment show, a hot morning breakfast, and s’mores! Sat. Event details.

Peninsula

Ditch Saturday Cartoons for Nature
Take a hike! Yeah, we said it. It’s the best way to check out Filoli’s incredible nature preserve which consists of seven-plus miles of trails that criss-cross six different California native habitats. Nature education docents from Filoli will guide these two-hour, afternoon tours through the preserve, discussing plants, flowers and wildlife along the way. Fee includes admission to the regular gardens. Bring water, snacks and SPF. Sat. Event details.

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Shake up the Weekend with Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? Sure, because one of the things that makes summer so memorable in the Bay Area is the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. Produced every year in cities across the Bay Area through October, free Shakespeare in the Park provides an opportunity for over 30,000 people to see high quality, professional theater free of charge. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

South Bay

This Play is Spot On
What happens when a mean old witch steals 101 for her own person coat factory? Find out on this epic adventure full or bark and a little bit of bite, too. Put on by junior performers, it’s certain to get the crowd howling. Fri.-Sun. Event details.

A Festival that doesn’t Skimp on Fun
What do you get when you mix kids and fun? The Kids’N Fun Festival, of course. This event is a multi-cultural festival dedicated exclusively to children of all ages with activities, games, performance, and international delicacies. As one of the largest kids events in the San Francisco Bay Area, come experience and appreciate ethnic heritages of different cultures and enjoy a memorable Kids’N Fun Festival. Sat. Event details.

Marin

Chew on this Awesome Apple Festival
Kids and Parents Will Find Lots to Love at the Gravenstein Apple Fair. The fair continues the tradition of celebrating and exhibiting Sonoma County’s treasured Gravenstein apple, combined with fantastic live music on two stages, arts & crafts vendors, excellent local food, wine, cider & beer, chef’s tent, artisan tasting lounge, do-it-yourself tent, life on the farm arena, and of course, those famous heirloom Gravenstein apples! Visitors experience the feeling of an old time country get-together. They can throw darts at apples, ride in a wagon pulled by plow horses, shop the local artisan booths for handmade jewelry, clothing, pottery and gourmet goodies. Sat.-Sun. Event details.

Count Down to School with this New Book
Ready or not, here comes school! Bay Area children’s author Elizabeth Shreeve will be signing her new picture book “Captain Freddy Counts Down to School.” The book has been called “a great choice for space fans and a good way to introduce kids to distraction as a coping technique” by Kirkus Reviews. Sat. Event details.

Where are the kid’s begging you to take them this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!

–Chantal Lamers